Now, as we said earlier this week, this is an odd move considering how MKII is currently prominent in the marketing for the New Horus Heresy book, Malevolence.
Everyone on the net seems to be an expert on this, and frankly their voice is often wrong and unhelpful.
So lets delve a little deeper:
Are Forge World just deleting old stock that doesn't sell? Maybe!
Are Forge World deleting stock that is being impacted by recasters? Potentially - that's smart if you want to weed out people who are using recast stuff, but now you have opened a legitimate market for recasters!
In terms of business, this is crazy! We have already seen hardened anti-recast bloggers state that this leaves them only one option - and that is to buy product not manufactured by Forge World. The Community itself is now in opposition to the manufacturer which creates a lack of trust and stability AND loyalty.
The other two options these armchair blogging experts aren't even considering ...
1) Could Forge World be changing the resin used in their weapon sets? There is better resin for smaller items and maybe this is where they will start. Neo-Resin is one such material.
2) Could Forge World be moving towards clam-packed plastic weapons sets? Let's hope so!
These would be easier, cheaper to mass produce, all on one sprue like the old days AND they could be carried in store by Games Workshop. We have already seen the very successful move to use these EXACT weapons in plastic Horus Heresy sets from Games Workshop as we said above. This latest cull sees SOME duplication deleted between the GW and the Forge World range, so bringing out dedicated heavy weapons sets for Games Workshop to sell in store makes sense - doesn't mean it'll happen, but it just makes sense.
Let us know what you think. Let's open up a dialogue and be constructive.